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Charter Schools and Children With Disabilities FAQs for Parents

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Charter Schools and Children with Disabilities FAQs for Parents

 

Can a charter school refuse to

take my child because he has a

disability?

 

No. Charter schools are public

schools. They can’t refuse a child

because of disability.

If your child has a disability that

affects her ability to learn, make

sure the school knows about it. Ask

for a special education evaluation in

writing if your child needs support

or services at school because of a

disability.

 

Can a charter school tell me to

remove my child because they

don’t have someone who can give

the services required in my child’s

IEP?

 

No. Public schools must give a

child with a disability all special

education or other services required

by an IEP or 504 plan.

Charter schools, just like districtrun

schools, cannot discriminate

against children with disabilities.

 

Can a charter school make me

pay for special education or

related services?

 

No. Children in the United States

have a right to free public

education. Charter schools are

public schools.

 

The school says that they don’t

have the money. Is that legal?

 

Lack of money is not a legal

defense. Schools must give a child

with a disability all services or

supports required.

 

My child with a disability has

behavior problems. Can his

charter school kick him out?

 

Just like a district-run school, a

charter school must work with your

child and you to see if a behavior

problem is caused by or related to a

disability. If your child needs

services that the school is not

giving, you can ask for amendment

of the IEP or a change in the

school’s special education plan.

Discipline can, and usually should,

be appealed. A school can use your

child’s disciplinary history to expel

him. You have the right to appeal

suspensions and expulsions. You

also have the right to appeal

placement changes and decisions by

the school that the disability has

nothing to do with misconduct.

If your child is being punished

unfairly, and you can’t work it out

with the school, look for help.

 

Where Can I Get Help?

 

Families Helping Families

Networks. Find your local group at

www.fhfjefferson.org.

 

Louisiana Parent Training and

Information Center website at

www.laptic.org

 

Louisiana Developmental

Disabilities Council website at:

www.lddc.org

 

Advocacy Center for the Elderly

and Disabled, a statewide free legal

services program. Call 1-800-960-

7705 or 1-855-861-3577 (TTY) or

visit their website at:

advocacycenter@advocacyla.org.

 

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